Jean Druel is French and lives in Cairo. Since October 2014, he is director of IDEO.
After a Master’s Degree in theology and Coptic patrology (L’expérience spirituelle de saint Pachôme…, Catholic Institute in Paris, 2002), he graduated in Teaching Arabic as Foreign Language at the American University (Emphatic sounds in educated Cairene Arabic, 2006).
In 2012, he completed a PhD thesis in the history of Arabic grammar at the University of Nijmegen, in the Netherlands, under the supervision of Pr. Kees Versteegh (Numerals in Arabic grammatical theory).
He managed the 200 Project (2013‒2016), the aim of which is the historical contextualization of the works of 200 authors of the Arab Islamic heritage. He currently studies a manuscript of Sībawayh’s (180/796?) Kitāb that has never been edited.
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Publications in the field of Arabic grammar:
- 2006: Emphatic sounds in educated Cairene Arabic: What to teach to AFL students? MA Thesis. American University in Cairo.
- 2012: Numerals in Arabic grammatical theory. PhD thesis. Nijmegen University.
- 2012: How to deal with contradictory chapters in the Kitāb of Sībawayh? Les cahiers du MIDÉO 6. 73‒91.
- 2013: The proper name Aḥmar : A morphological discussion in the 2nd‒4th centuries AH. MIDÉO 29. 51‒60.
- 2015: Why is it difficult to date when qalqala became unintelligible to Qurʾānic reciters and grammarians. Arabica 62. 19‒52.
- 2015: What happened to the grammar of numerals after Sībawayhi? Amal E. Marogy and Kees Versteegh (editors). The Foundations of Arabic Linguistics II. Brill: Leiden, Boston. 81‒99.
- 2018: Blind spots in Raḍī al-Dīn al-Astarābāḏī’s grammar of numerals. Georgine Ayoub and Kees Versteegh (editors). The Foundations of Arabic Linguistics III. Brill: Leiden, Boston. 96‒114.
- 2018: The Kazan parchment fragments of Sībawayh’s Kitāb. Гасырлар авазы (= Эхо веков) 90/1. 14‒26.
- 2019: Can Ambrosiana X 56 Sup. improve our understanding of Sībawayhi’s grammar? Manuela E. B. Giolfo and Kees Versteegh (editors). The Foundations of Arabic Linguistics IV. Brill: Leiden, Boston.133‒156.
- 2019: co-authored with Almog Kasher, “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t”: The mamnūʿ min al-ṣarf (diptotes) in Arabic grammatical tradition. Arabica 66. 98‒136.
- (forthcoming): A glitter in the debate about the word āmīn used in supplication and its rules in Arabic, by Abū Muḥammad Ibn al-Ḫaššāb (d. 567/1172), an annotated translation.
- (forthcoming): Ibn Manẓūr (d. 711/1311). Muhammad A. S. Abdel Haleem, Mustafa A. A. Shah (Editors). The I. B. Tauris Biographical Dictionary of Islamic Civilization. London: I. B. Tauris.